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JADobson

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05-28-2013 10:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: saw

Does anyone know if you can refile a cross cut tooth pattern to a rip tooth pattern. Do you have to file the cross cut teeth flat before re cutting the rip teeth.

-- James


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#1 posted 05-28-2013 10:48 AM

Yes it can be done when I started in the trade the days of the hand rip saw were pretty well over and many old rip saws were retoothed to cross cut. No reason you can’t go the other way. I am not sure of the mechanics of it and unless you have way too much time on your hands your best bet is to send it to a saw sharpening service here is a link to a company that will do the work, I am sure there are many http://www.mqsharp.com/sharpening-services/band-mill-blades.htmlmore.

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#2 posted 05-28-2013 10:49 AM

Yes it can be done when I started in the trade the days of the hand rip saw were pretty well over and many old rip saws were retoothed to cross cut. No reason you can’t go the other way. I am not sure of the mechanics of it and unless you have way too much time on your hands your best bet is to send it to a saw sharpening service here is a link to a company that will do the work, I am sure there are many http://www.mqsharp.com/sharpening-services/band-mill-blades.htmlmore.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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#3 posted 05-28-2013 10:51 AM

I just tried the link I sent you it does not work but it is for Suffolk saw of new england I am sure you can google it .

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#4 posted 05-28-2013 11:12 AM

Just grab a file and do it. If you know how to sharpen a rip saw just file it rip. If you want to change the PPI there’s more to it. So give us more info.

Toby

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#5 posted 05-28-2013 04:12 PM

TobyC: Right now it has 10 tpi and I would like it around 4.5 tpi.

Sprucegum: there is a saw sharpening place here in Saskatoon (Great West Saw) but when I talked to their receptionist yesterday she didn`t think that they could do it. She admitted that she didn`t know too much about it though. I posted here to see if it could be done. I`ll take the saw in and hopefully talk to the person who actually does the sharpening and see what he says.

-- James

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#6 posted 05-28-2013 04:16 PM

That’s not just changing the filing pattern, that’s reshaping the teeth. You can totally reshape the teeth on a saw, but that’s an undertaking. You’d likely be better off buying a different old saw closer to the tooth pattern you want.

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#7 posted 05-28-2013 04:21 PM

Tgiag sells tooth patterns for reshaping teeth. I don’t think it would take too long, reshaping is relatively quick, just tedious.

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#8 posted 05-28-2013 04:26 PM

I just checked the price list of the place I sent you the non working link for they charge $4.00 to retooth a hand saw .

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#9 posted 05-28-2013 05:29 PM

saw reference material :

http://lumberjocks.com/donwilwol/blog/25390

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#10 posted 05-28-2013 08:37 PM

Easiest way is to file the blade flat and recut the new tooth pattern on the flat blade. Biggest difference beside the # of teeth is the set. Which will need to be redone.

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